Located at 995 United Boulevard, Coquitlam, this one-stop drop-off facility will make recycling and waste management more convenient for the region’s residents. The new centrally located facility plays an important role in Metro Vancouver’s efforts to reduce waste and move to a circular economy.
“We are already a North American leader in waste reduction and recycling with a 64-per-cent diversion rate. This new facility, serving approximately 200,000 customers per year, will make it easier and more accessible to recycle all kinds of items, and will help us reach our regional goal of an 80-per-cent recycling rate,” said Jack Froese, chair of Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee.
The United Boulevard Recycling and Waste Centre, which will be three times larger than the old facility, will enhance customer experience with more room to queue safely and twice as many weigh scales, and maximize recycling and reduction opportunities. It will accept a wide range of recyclables, including:
- Used automotive oil, antifreeze, and oil containers
- Batteries, electronics, and light fixtures
- Plastic containers and bags
- Books, magazines, and other paper
- Clothing and textiles
- Mattresses and box springs
- Yard trimmings and food waste
The construction budget for the new recycling and waste centre is $77.6 million, with the cost funded through tipping fees and included in Metro Vancouver’s five-year financial plan.
Metro Vancouver is responsible for waste reduction and recycling planning, solid waste regulatory framework, and the operation of solid waste facilities throughout the region and has an overarching goal to reduce waste and maximize recycling.